Castle Cary, Aberford

Has been described as a Questionable Masonry Castle

There are no visible remains

NameCastle Cary, Aberford
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityLeeds
1974 AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Civil ParishAberford

The foundations of a castle, called Castle Cary, are visible in the grounds of Abbey House, above the Cock River, Aberford. Situated between Cock Beck and the deep ravine through which flows the Crow, a stream rising on Hook Moor SE 4435. (Gough) Abbey House (now known as Aberford House) is situated at SE 43363716 in a natural setting of some strength. There are, however, no indications of a former castle within its grounds, and the owner was unable to offer further information. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 ECW 27-NOV-63). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Aberford is a sited at the crossing of the Great North Road over the Cock Beck. The most probably site for the castle of Aberford mentioned by Moore as 6 miles from Leeds.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE433371
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 532 (possible)
  • Bogg, E., 1902, The Old Kingdom of Elmet p. 160-1 online copy
  • Moore, James, 1798, List of the Principal Castles and Monasteries in Great Britain (London) p. 49 online copy